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Your Environment. Your Health.

Surgeon General invites oil spill workers to join the NIH GuLF STUDY

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

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For more information about this archival news release, please contact Christine Flowers, Director, Office of Communications & Public Liaison at (919) 541-3665.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Contact: Christine Bruske Flowers, NIEHS
(919) 541-3665

New PSAs issued today.

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some cleanup workers and volunteers have raised questions about their health. Today, the Surgeon General, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, a Gulf State native, issued new TV and radio public service announcements (PSAs) inviting oil spill cleanup workers and volunteers to participate in the GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study), a national effort to determine whether the oil spill contributed to physical or mental health problems.

Launched last February, the GuLF STUDY is the largest health study of its kind ever conducted among cleanup workers and volunteers. The study is being conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, and is expected to last up to 10 years. Over time, the GuLF STUDY will generate important data that may help inform policy decisions on health care and health services in the region and its findings may also influence responses to future oil spills and similar disasters.

The Surgeon General PSAs will help Gulf residents learn about the opportunity to participate in the study.

:30 and  :60

What: GuLF STUDY Television (:30 and :60)

Public Service Announcements (Broadcast and web-quality versions)
Who: U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin
Where: PSAs available for download at

30 Second GuLF STUDY Television:

60 Second GuLF STUDY Television:

People interested in participating in the study can call the toll-free number at 1-855-NIH-GULF (1-855-644-4853) or visit the website at

GuLF STUDY is a registered trademark, held by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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